New best practice resource to boost communication in young children launched

Communication, curiosity and conversation are all key predictors of young children’s success later in life, according to best practice resources on early childhood education recently launched in Brisbane, with the backing of Social Ventures Australia-backed education not-for-profit Evidence for Learning.

58 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Using evidence to help build and evaluate good ideas in education technology

As researchers, we care that our educational systems improve, support all learners, and are grounded solidly in research evidence. But how do we work with stakeholders like educational technology startups to support effective use of that evidence? Researchers and practitioners worry about this, because we care about evaluating and scaling good ideas. By ‘scaling’ we mean adjusting and improving good ideas as they are rolled out and used.

60 days ago

by By Simon Knight, Anissa Moeini and Alison Clark-Wilson

Pre-school to Big School – Let’s Count paves the way for smooth transitions

The number one trait which supports children to have a successful start to school is confidence. Experienced educators, from both the early childhood and primary settings, know that school readiness is about the development of the whole child their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills.

66 days ago

by Freya Lucas

You can do it! A ‘growth mindset’ helps us learn

One of the most influential phenomena in education over the last two decades has been that of the “growth mindset”. This refers to the beliefs a student has about various capacities such as their intelligence, their ability in areas such as maths, their personality and creative ability.

87 days ago

by John Munro, Australian Catholic University

Bias starts early – most books in childcare centres have white, middle-class heroes

Only 18% of books available in four Australian childcare centres include non-white characters. Animal characters make up around half the books available, with the animals largely leading lives, and adhering to values, of middle-class Caucasians.

115 days ago

by Helen Joanne Adam, Edith Cowan University